I did it! I completed my first half-marathon. I don’t know my official time yet–right around 3:00, I think. (Edit: Chip time was 2:57:33.)
It was an early start. I arrived at the site by 6:00 am, and it was very cold out, about 40 degrees. I met up with my (former) trainer Joe, his wife Michelle, and a couple of other clients of his. We lined up together, and the race officially started at 7:15 am. I don’t exactly remember, but I think it took 10 to 15 minutes before we were really moving.
I ran/walked the first 7 1/2 miles with Michelle. The course was nice and flat for the most part, and once we were moving the weather felt great. There were just a couple hills, one in particular which took us up to Highway 364 and across the Missouri River. I left Michelle behind then and it was downhill or flat the rest of the way. After the tenth mile I started to get excited–I had never run so far before, but I was still feeling good and I knew I would make it. I pushed ahead and even managed to sprint for the finish line. I didn’t get my official time when I finished–I think several other people were finishing at the same time and things were really hectic. The results should be posted online in a day or two.
I’m incredibly sore right now, but I am feeling great that I made it through the race. I was really doubting my ability the past few weeks but I did it!